A state of no direct or indirect discrimination based on sex and gender, including less favourable treatment of women for reasons of pregnancy and maternity. 

See also: direct discrimination; indirect discrimination

Additional notes and information

More favourable provisions concerning the protection of women as regards pregnancy and maternity, and positive measures that aim to achieve substantive gender equality, are not contrary to the principle of equal treatment.


European Union (2014). EU Gender Equality Law: Update 2013. European Network of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality.